EKF English National Championships - 20-21st April 2013
Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for Aimee - Junior National Champion 2013
Aimee warming up
Coach Jonathan Mottram and Aimee
Old School meets new kids on the block -
Brother Alex and Lawrence with Aimee and Mel
The annual EKF English National Karate Championships were held on the weekend 20-21st April 2013 in it's usual home of Ponds Forge in Sheffield. Aimee formed part of her Association Squad, Ishinryu, who decimated the 1st day Kata events at these championships ending the weekend as the top English Association with 11 Gold, 5 Silver and 7 Bronze medals. Here is Aimee's contribution.
Female Junior 16-17yrs Kata
Aimee had secured the Junior National Champion title last year and was aiming to retain this title being in the same category this year. She achieved her aim and won her 6th straight individual National title, her 7th individual title in total and her 10th overall National title.
Aimee performed Annan in her opening round beating her opponent's Kata with a 5 flags to 0 victory. The next round saw Aimee perform Suparinpei against her opponent's Bassai-Dai Kata. Aimee's performance was stronger and more dynamic than her opponent's as she secured another 5-0 win.
The final saw Aimee perform Chatanyara Kushanku against her opponent's
Unshu Kata. Her opponent in the final was her England Team Kata member
Natalie so both know each other very well and are very close. Both girls'
performances were excellent but Aimee came through with a 4-1 win to retain
her Junior National Kata title.
Aimee - Junior Kata English National Champion.
Female Senior 16yrs+ Kata
A larger field in the Senior category saw many competitors have 5 rounds, Aimee was one of the few who received a 1st round bye. In the 2nd round, Aimee performed Annan against her opponent's Gojushiho and Aimee secured all the judges flags with an impressive display wining 5-0. Round 3 saw Aimee perform Suparinpei against her opponent's Chatanyara Kushanku Kata but once again Aimee claimed a 5-0 win. The semi-final saw Aimee perform Nipaipo with her opponent performing Haiku Kata. Once more Aimee secured a 5-0 to progress to the final against team-mate Emma.
The final saw Aimee perform Chatanyara Kushanku matching Emma's Chatanyara Kushanku. Both performed their Kata's well but Emma came out on top with a 5-0 win securing the senior national title with Aimee claiming the silver. Nonetheless, this was a major achievement for Aimee matching her medal in the senior category from last year and at only 17 years of age demonstrating she's one of the best English Seniors already.
Aimee - Senior Kata English National Runner-Up.
Mixed Senior Pairs Kata
A novel event for the English National Championships, a break from the traditional 3-man team, the pairs are just two competitors performing team Kata together. Aimee had the opportunity to compete with her usual England Team Kata teammate Melissa. Both performed Annan in their opening round beating their opponents 3 flags to 2. The next round semi-final pitted them against club mates Chris and Steve. Aimee and Mel performed Nipaipo but the boys were too strong and lost 4-1 leaving them with a Bronze medal.
So Aimee wrapped up the day with a Gold, Silver and Bronze, a complete set from the nationals. With Aimee's Gold she now has 10 English National titles, 7 being individual titles. Amazing Aimee.